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The Paulding Area’s Family Lifestyle News Magazine

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Contributing Writers: Leisa A. Bailey, Ph.D D. Hodari Brooks, MD Melissa Cummings Melissa Langley Sherrie Le Masurier Bridgette Mongeon Arielle Nóbile Billy D. Ritchie Our Town Media Group, Inc.

www.OurTownFamily.com Our Town is published and direct mailed monthly to prestigious homes in the Paulding County Area. Opinions expressed by the editorial staff are their own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the publisher. Our Town reserves the right to edit and or reject any editorial or advertising content. Our Town is not responsible for errors in advertising beyond the cost of the space or for the validity of claims made by advertisers. Entire contents, including ad design created by Our Town Media Group, Inc., copyright 2011, belong to Our Town of Paulding. Reproduction in whole or in part is forbidden in any media without prior written permission from the publisher.

About the Cover...............................................................5 Health & Fitness: Gardening............................................6 Family Focus: Family History.............................................8 Calendar of Events........................................................11, 15 Relationships: Facebook and Kids...................................12 Home Improvement: Fire Prevention...............................17 Feature Photographer: Kayla Colvard............................18 Medical: Orthopaedic’s Top Ten.....................................19 Home & Design: Organize for Summer.........................20 Finance: Dollar Stores.......................................................21 Outdoors: Orphan Rescue.............................................23 Community: Military Softball Tournament................25 Letter from the Editors....................................................26 Pets: Pet Care 101...............................................................29 May Crossword................................................................30 What’s Cookin’: Eat Your Veggies..................................30

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Amber and James first met in the 6th grade at East Paulding Middle School. They were close friends throughout middle and high school, but did not see much of each other throughout college until their senior year. They started hanging out together again, which led to dating. Just over a year later, they were married and they’ve been happily married for six years. Amber is currently an Administrative Assistant for the Outreach Ministry at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in East Cobb. Her job includes connecting first time visitors to the church and assisting in the planning and hosting of outreach events for the community. James serves as one of the Student and Teaching Pastors at West Ridge Church. He works with over 300 high school students and more than 60 volunteers each week. Also, he occasionally teaches at the Dallas and Oak Leaf Campuses of West Ridge. One thing James is able to use in his ministry is the tattoo of a ladder on his wrist. It is a West African symbol called Adinkra, and is referred to as the “ladder of death”. The symbol reminds people that one day they will die and stand before God; and they should not live for this world, but to live for eternity. After James read 1 John 3:1-3, he was overwhelmed with the truth that he would one day meet Jesus face to face, and that everything he does in life should be spent in anticipation of that moment. For Amber and James, their faith and relationship with the Lord is central to who they are. They believe Jesus is the hope for the world, and credit him for changing both of their lives in “great ways”. They strive each day to love God and their neighbors, and pray that others will see what they’ve found in Jesus and allow them to share it.

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Amber and James enjoy special date nights each week, and serving together on mission trips and in the student ministry at West Ridge. They know after their little one makes her debut, things will change. However, they are committed to keeping their date nights, as well as including Baby Rowan in mission trips and the other aspects of the ministry as a way to help her keep perspective on the world, while growing up in a blessed environment.

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Your garden can provide a welcome retreat from the stress of everyday life.  You’ll be able to relax and reconnect with nature as a way to restore your energy and improve your mood.  Bring the kids along for a fun and rewarding family activity, or join a community garden and share the experience with friends and neighbors.

Vegetables and fruit are also valuable tools if you’re trying to lose weight, as they are low calorie and full of fiber. Wouldn’t it be great for your health if you had a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables right in your own backyard?  You’d most likely include more of these foods in your daily diet, but you’d also get the added benefit of working in your garden.

If you’re looking for a different way to fit exercise into your day, gardening is ideal. Gardening uses all of the major muscle groups, and can be modified to suit all ages and fitness levels. According to CBS News, a 180 lb. person will burn 202 calories in 30 minutes of general gardening, 162 calories planting seedlings, and 182 calories weeding. You can alternate the more rigorous gardening activities with the easier ones as you get used to working out in your garden.

Incorporating outdoor activities, such as gardening is a great way to jump-start an active lifestyle. Gardening has been shown in studies to be a great mental and physical health booster.  Sunlight improves your mood and provides vitamin D, which aids in calcium absorption. Calcium is important to maintaining strong bones and teeth and preventing osteoporosis.

Moderate physical activity like gardening can lower your blood pressure and produce endorphins, which create a general sense of well-being.  Practice deep breathing while gardening and you’ll enjoy even more stress reduction. If you’re just starting out or haven’t been active for a while, you can benefit from doing some easy stretching and flexibility exercises to get ready for gardening. Take

How do you know if you are working at a moderate level while you’re gardening?  You should be working hard enough to raise your heart rate and break a sweat.  You should be able to talk, but not sing your way through a song.  Digging and shoveling are excellent muscle strengthening activities. Gardening boosts your mood and your activity levels, and it also instills a sense of pride in what you’ve created. Can’t you imagine a more fit and healthy you, serving a beautiful, fresh and healthy meal to your family and friends?  Being active in your garden can lead to a whole new you.

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Use Family Time to work on Your Family History By Arielle Nóbile

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he upcoming summer months bring families together for reunions and vacations. Winter holidays are another time when it is typical for you and your loved ones to get together. While these events can often be fraught with chaos, family dramas, and silly games, why not take the opportunity of being all together to go over your family history? Take advantage of your time and go through family photos and reminisce; make sure you don’t loose the chance to get your Aunt Ida to identify all the cousins from that fading family portrait from last century. You will be amazed at how much you can accomplish when you are all in one place.

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n Pool family photos and label them. Use an archival pen that will not bleed through to write on the back. Start with the older photos-photos left unmarked might not be identifiable in a couple generations. Set aside time to for the computer-savvy family members can scan photos to make CDs, slideshows and scrapbooks.

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SCREENWRITER’S GROUP* May 3; 1st Tuesday of the month; 3pm @ Hiram Coffee House May 15; 3rd Sunday of the month 1pm @ Starbucks in Hiram For more info visit www.GeorgiaScreenWriters.com

4th ANNUAL NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER BREAKFAST* Paulding County Senior Community Center May 5; Thursday 8am – 10am Keynote Speakers Mr. Tim Murphy, Ret. New York firefighter, and Mr. Mike Korsch, Ret.New York Police Detective. $15/mem, $25/non-members. For info visit paulding chamber.org or call 770-445-6016. MOM’S CLUB OF DALLAS AND HIRAM* May 5; 1st Thursday of each month 10am – Bethany Christian Church MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support). Meetings are held at 3264 Villa Rica Hwy (Hwy 61) Dallas. For more information email dallasmoms@yahoo.com. MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)* - McEachern United Methodist Church May 5 and 19; 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month; 9:30am – 11:30am Open to moms with children ages birth to kindergarten. Meet in the Oaks Hall building and child care is provided. For more info call 770-943-3008 ext. 1260. MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)* – Fortified Hills Baptist Church, Dallas May 6 and 20, 1st and 3rd Fridays, 8am-1pm  MOPS - a place to find friendship and support as a woman and mom. Childcare provided. Visit fortifiedhills.com or call Kenni Raye at 678.398.9771.  PAULDING GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY* – Old Dallas Courthouse May 7; 1st Saturday of the month Membership $15/year. The Library is open Tues., Thurs., Fri. and Sat. from 9am to 3pm and on Wed. 10am to 3pm. For more info email sylviasuet@aol.com 6th ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT Presented by Paulding County Special Olympics at Creekside Country Club May 6; Friday Registration 8am-9:30am, 10am tee off Four person Fort Lauderdale style; $300 per team.Lunch provided by Chick-Fil-A of Hiram. Great prizes! Contact Marianne Bishop (770) 445-7710 or mariannebishop@ bellsouth.net for more information

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acebook began in 2004 as a site for college students but was quickly adopted first by teen and tweens, and then became popular among all age groups. While adults are a fast growing Facebook demographic, today’s kids have grown up using technology and there is no doubt they are “wired”. Between text messaging, Facebook, iPods, video games, television and computers, children today spend hours a day looking at screens. This isn’t completely negative but it is a parental struggle to find ways to balance this part of life with personal interaction, reading and physical activities. As with most things - - a sense of balance is key.

A potential negative of Facebook is created by the ease that hurtful or negative comments can be shared. It is typically easier to say very cruel and mean things using a key board than when looking at another human being; and cyber bullying is a real problem for kids today. While bullies have always existed and kids will always find ways to torture and embarrass each other; cyber bullying is easier and more public than the traditional routes and can cause tremendous damage. Facebook offers bullies a particularly effective method to hurt others. Parents should discuss with their children how to respond to this form of bullying and the importance of appropriate online interactions.

Facebook can be a great place for your kids to talk to their friends and enjoy this alternative form of communication and interaction. It is a great tool to keep connected with extended family and offers an avenue for creative expression in a new way. Additionally, research confirms that Facebook can be helpful to assist kids in being more social and that many kids use the network to extend friendships they already have and meet people with similar interests. While there are these potential benefits, it is important that relationships are more than just virtual. Facebook may be used as a tool to develop relationships that extend to personal interactions. Cyber connections should never exclude being with others and personally interacting and sharing life.

Supervision of children and teens on Facebook is important. Social networking can expose children to predators and other dangers. Kids should know to never place personal information such as address, phone number, or even age on Facebook. Set appropriate ground rules about what is and isn’t appropriate to share before letting kids have an account. Also, regularly go over privacy settings with your kids. These guidelines will change with the age of the child. Really talk to your kids about Facebook and how it can be good and bad.

work by being listed as a “friend”. According to recent Nielsen and AOL research, three quarters of parents said they were “friends” with their children on Facebook but almost 30 percent of teens interviewed said that if they had the choice, they would “unfriend” their parents because they did not want parents to have this access. While being a “friend” may seem to offer some parental oversight, with the selective privacy settings, kids have the ability to restrict what information even “friended” parents can have access to. Therefore, it is important to understand the limits of this option. There is no right answer here. As always, some children need more parental supervision than others and this need changes over time and with the maturity of the child. There is no substitute for knowing your child well and giving them the appropriate amount of freedom given their age and maturity level. If you are “friends” with your child (of any age) it is important to be respectful. Don’t parent or deal with family concerns or issues on Facebook. This should be done over the dinner table – not online. Don’t humiliate your child on Facebook and respect that their “Facebook friends” are not yours. Unless asked, don’t assume it appropriate to interact with your child’s peers. While parental supervision is important – so is respect for age appropriate privacy. Dr. Bailey is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Marietta. Visit www.marietta-psychologist.com or call 770-428-6698 or email LeisaB@marietta-psychologist.com. Your comments are welcome.

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mine if a misalignment in your spine is causing your pain or symptoms… (NOTE: Nobody gives these kinds of X-rays FREE. They would usually cost $100)… l An analysis of your X-rays and spinal exam results so we can see what needs to be done to help. l Helpful literature that shows how your body works and why you experience pain… l Answers to all your most probing questions about chiropractic care and what it can do for you…. The appointment will not take long at all. And like I said, we normally charge $200 for this (most of which just covers the cost of the set of X-rays). But now, as a part of this one time offer, you can come in and find out for certain if you need chiropractic care and how it can help you eliminate the pain you are feeling. Before you come in, though, you’ll probably want to know a little bit about me. So let me tell you…. MEET THE DOCTOR Prior to obtaining my Doctor of Chiropractic Degree at Life University in Marietta, GA, I received my B.S. degree from Excelsior College. I am nationally and state board certified in Chiropractic and Physiotherapy. I am one of the few doctors in this area that performs specific Activator analysis technique for the treatment of degenerative discs, scoliosis, herniated discs just to name a few. I have happily donated my time to organizations such as MUST Ministries, YWCA (Domestic Violence Shelter for Women), and Ross Memorial. I am very proud to be a wife and mother of four boys and a member of Liberty Church in Marietta, GA. DOES CHIROPRACTIC REALLY WORK Absolutely! When you come in I’ll provide you with studies that show why chiropractic is a preferred method of treatment. But what provides the best “proof” on how well chiropractic works is what our patients say about it. ANKYLOSING SPONDYLITIS AND BACK PAIN Although Chiropractic care has been

an enormous help to me and my family for 30 years when I met the doctor’s at NLCC I was not currently under care. As I started getting adjusted again the relief was almost immediate! I was suffering from soreness, stiffness and sleepless nights. “Feeling better” affects everything in life and helps us cope with the daily stresses. I suppose I am most amazed by knowing that one’s spine has to do with every part of the body. God made us that way-“fearfully & wonderfully made” (Ps.139) Your Friend- Pastor Ron Mobley TMJ & HEADACHES I was in a lot of pain when I started coming for my adjustments at NLCC. I suffered with pain in my jaw and severe headaches. Now that I have been receiving chiropractic care my pain has decreased tremendously and I don’t have to worry about constant headaches. I can walk my dog without pain and my posture has gotten better. My husband is also very pleased with my progress. I am thrilled at how quickly I have improved due to chiropractic care and I love the positive caring atmosphere they have in the office. Thank you- Denine Wolden KNEE PAIN/SLEEPLESSNESS The reason why I came into the office was because I was having knee pain and I was not sleeping very well at night. I am now getting 3-4 more hours of sleep at night and my knees have gotten a lot better. I interact more with my family and I can ride my bike with my granddaughter. I feel 100% better. The doctors and staff here at NLCC really do what they say and are very professional and friendly. Chiropractic care really works great! Thanks-Thomas Weems SCOLIOSIS When I first came into the office I did not know the extent of my health issues. After the exam, the doctor told me I had a scoliosis that affected my health in many different ways. Chiropractic has helped me to restore my physical balance and as a dancer that is very important! I also had numbness in my hands and now I can take notes without my hand going numb. Since I have been

getting adjusted I have more energy and my heartburn and circulation has improved! I am happy to say that chiropractic is easier than I expected and not as time consuming as I once thought. Thanks! Christine Pearce GUARANTEE OF GREAT SERVICE Obviously we can’t guarantee results. No one can. But there is one guarantee we can give you and that’s a guarantee to accept your case only if we truly feel we can help. LIMITED TIME OFFER Obviously, with an offer like this we can’t afford to do it for very long. So we’ve picked the dates of May 1-15th. If you would like to take us up on our offer and see what chiropractic can do for you, all you have to do is call our office and set up an appointment. Call our 24 hour help line @ 678574-5678 and tell the receptionist you’d like to come in for the Special Introductory Examination during May 1-15th. I expect to get flooded with appointments for this event, so please call me as soon as possible to be sure that you don’t miss out. Thank you very much, and I look forward to helping you get rid of your pain so you can start living a healthier, more productive life. God bless. Sincerely, Dr. Amy Valente, D.C.

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WRITERS CRITIQUE GROUP – “WRITERS OF LIKE MIND”* May 11 and 25; 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month; 6pm – 7:30pm Call Hank Somma for meeting location. 678-414-6146 or muse@lightband. com.

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PRIME TIME DANCE* - Paulding County Community Center in Dallas May 13; 2nd Friday each month 7pm-10pm Country & Western, oldies, line dancing. Ages 40+, $5/at door. Benefitting the Paulding Senior Center. Couples & singles - 54 Industrial Way, Dallas. 770-443-8873

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THE PAULDING LITERACY COUNCIL* – Paulding Chamber May 27; 4th Friday of the month 10am Meetings held at the Paulding Chamber. Seeking new members, volunteer tutors, and adult students who would like to learn to read. For info call 770-445-4511.

CITY OF DALLAS SUMMER DAY CAMP - Sara Babb Park Registration: NOW through May 21; Saturday Applications and Information available online at cityofdallas.com 770-445-0074. Camp Dates June 6th, 2011- July 22nd, 2011  Twinkle Time – New Georgia Public Library Tuesdays in May; 10:30am For ages: birth--2yrs. A special time for parents and children to bond through literacy based activities. The Library is located at 94 Ridge Road, Dallas.  For more info call 770-459-8163. MISS COBB COUNTY SCHOLARSHIP PAGEANT Contestants are needed for the 54th Annual Miss Cobb County Pageant to be held August 6th. Deadline for entry is June 26th. Open to women age 17 to 23 who live, work or attend college in Cobb, Cherokee, Fulton, or Paulding county. For more info contact Gene Phillips at 770.435.6378 or misscobbcounty@yahoo.com Preschool PandaMania - Northwest Christian Church June 6-8th; Monday thru Wednesday 6pm – 8pm Open for children ages 3-5. Games, crafts, Bible stories & more. The program is free and you can register now at www.nwcc.net. NWCC is located at 3737 Dallas-Acworth Hwy., Acworth. For more info call 770-425-2525 or email at nwccoffice@nwcc.net. Elementary Basketball Camp- Northwest Christian Church Register NOW. Camp is July 18-20 and is open to 2nd-5th graders. For more info call 770-425-2525 or email at nwccoffice@nwcc.net.

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Fire Prevention 101 By Billy D. Ritchie

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here are almost 400,000 house fires in the United States every year, with an average of about 3,000 deaths and 15,000 injuries during the same period. Financial losses may total in the hundreds of millions. With so many opportunities for fire in any given home, it becomes important to take proper care to make sure your home doesn’t become a statistic. Of course like any disaster, house fires are not 100% wholly preventable, but you can take steps to reduce the chances for disaster and make your home less of a likely target. Consider each of the following and how they apply to your home. For starters in the event of a fire, have an emergency escape plan; a way for every member of the family to safely exit the house, along with a predetermined meeting place so you can be sure that everybody did get out.  You may also want to install rope ladders on the upstairs windows and make sure all family members know how to extend and use them. Two words: Smoke Detectors. Install them in your home, if they are not wired in, keep their batteries fresh by changing them out about once every six months. If you don’t they tend to go off when the batteries get low, quite often in the middle of the night, which is sure to give everyone a start.

You should also have fire extinguishers located in and around the highest risk areas of your home, such as the kitchen and the fireplace. Keep in mind that fire extinguishers do have an expiration date, so stay abreast of those times and adjust accordingly. Space heaters are always good for saving money, but can become fire hazards if not properly maintained or looked after. Make sure your heater is one designed to automatically shut off if it accidentally turns over. Electrical outlets are prime locations for fire problems. Don’t overload the circuits and be sure to check regularly for damaged or frayed cords. Try not to let cords become entangled around low hanging curtains. If you use candles, never leave them unattended, and extinguish them fully when you are finished. This is especially important if you have children or pets in your home. One candle knocked over could result in the destruction of your entire home. If you are using your fireplace, make sure the flue is properly opened to prevent smoke damage. You should also wait until a fire is completely out (i.e. no red glowing particles) before leaving it unattended. Make sure you use a fireplace screen to prevent any burning materials from exiting the fireplace and landing on your carpet. This could start a fire in a matter of seconds. Never use glossy paper, wrapping paper, or lighter fluid to start a fire, as this could lead to unexpected ignition. And never fill your fireplace with logs or worse, trash that you are looking to incinerate. Keep your chimney properly maintained and cleaned. Chimney fires are not at all uncommon, resulting in hundreds of homes destroyed every year.

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ayla Colvard was born and raised in Paulding County. She graduated from East Paulding High School and is currently pursuing a career in nursing. In addition to running her photography business, she works in the Intensive Care Unit at Atlanta Medical Center in downtown Atlanta. Being a true Southern Belle, Kayla enjoys cheering on the Alabama Crimson Tide, spending time with her family and friends, and horse back riding.

Photography had been a life-long hobby for Kayla, but it turned into a business when her first Godchild was born. Finding she truly loved being behind the camera, she created Kayla Colvard Photography four years ago. Working along side her business partner, Melissa Baker, these two have found the biggest joy of their craft is capturing those perfect moments of family, classmates and the friends they grew up with. The motto of Kayla Colvard Photography is, “Every Stage of Life”; specializing in maternity, newborn, children, families, senior portraits, engagement and wedding photography.

They have done commercial work for Paulding County, and recently Marietta has been added to their portfolio. Kayla strives to create lasting memories with every click of her camera by using her own backyard, historic places in nearby counties, the city of Atlanta, Georgia State Parks, and the beautiful beaches of Florida for on-site location shoots. To view the galleries of Kayla Colvard Photography, visit www.KaylaColvard.com. “Do what makes you happy, be with who makes you smile, laugh as much as you breathe, love as long as you live.”

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An Orthopaedic Surgeon’s Top Ten List By D. Hodari Brooks, MD - Pinnacle Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Specialists

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s a board certified orthopedic surgeon practicing here in the metro Atlanta area, I have been blessed with the ability to treat literally thousands of patients. My patients have problems that range from mild strains to more complex fractures. In the tradition of David Letterman, I have outlined a top ten list of the more common questions that I am asked. Number 10: Does exercise really matter? The answer to this question is a resounding YES. Exercise has several important benefits including helping to strengthen muscles and bones. In addition the weight loss often associated with exercise leads to decreased stress over your joints and muscles. This does not even include the major benefits exercise has on the heart. Number 9: Do I need and MRI or CT scan? The answer to this question depends on the specific nature of the patient’s problem. In general when a patient has a problem related to the bone, then a CT (or CAT) scan is better. An MRI is ordered when I am more concerned about soft tissue injuries, such as herniated disks, muscle and/or tendon damage and possible cartilage injury. Number 8: Does stretching really matter? Again the answer is a definitive YES. The real value of stretching is that it increases the stress a given muscle/tendon/joint can undergo before it gets injured. Certainly stretching cannot prevent injuries, but it can make them less likely to occur. Number 7: Are Osteoporosis and Arthritis the Same? The answer to this question is No. Arthritis is a condition that involves the breakdown of the cartilage that lines the joint such as the knee and hip. This causes pain and decreased range of motion of joints. Osteoporosis involves a thinning of bone resulting in an increased risk of fracture with relatively minor injury. Number 6: Can arthritis be cured? The answer is no, however there are a number of treatment options that I can utilize to treat the symptoms of arthritis. When nonoperative treatment is unsuccessful then operative treatment in the form of joint replacement can definitively treat arthritis of many joints.

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Organizing your Home for Summer Living  By Sherrie Le Masurier

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ummer is the season of exterior pleasures - soaking up the sun, enjoying a refreshing beverage on your deck and cooling off with a swim. So with summer just around the corner now is the time to turn our organizing thoughts to outdoor pleasures. Spring is the perfect time to gather all the necessary supplies you’ll need for summer. (I’m assuming you’ve already cleaned your outdoor furniture and have set up your porch swing or hammock. If not, get to it. No sense, putting it off. After all, you’ll need a place to relax once you get everything done.) Let’s start with the biggest of your must have accessories – a heavy duty plastic cooler, a small table and a decent sized trash can. These are all good to have on hand. You may also want to pick up a bag or two of ice to keep in your freezer so you never run short. Next check your condiment supplies. Do you have enough ketchup, mustard, relish, barbecue sauce and mayonnaise to get you through the season? If not, stock up now. A condiment refrigerator tote keeps everything organized and easy to retrieve.

While you’re thinking about what you’ll need, check out your stash of paper plates, cups, napkins and plastic utensils. Consider keeping a tray of disposables handy for quick table setting. Don’t forget to stock up your picnic basket for impromptu outings. Keeping everything in your picnic basket organized and ready to go will save considerable time when it comes to hosting your next picnic. Also, keep barbecue tools and accessories like your apron and hot pads handy. Soon school will be out and your backyard will be overrun with summer toys in all shapes and sizes, makes and models. By establishing a game plan at the start of the season you’ll eliminate considerable frustration. Keep swimming and water related items like floating toys, flip flops, and goggles in one place. A great way to do this is to string up some fish netting. All you need is a couple of heavy duty hooks and a bunch of toys. It keeps things all in one spot and anything damp dries quickly. Use a large lidded bin to store outdoor toys. Insisting on a daily clean-up effort at the beginning of the season will get everyone off to a good start. Fill your cooler with ice, and then organize it with drinks, snacks and antibacterial wipes so the kids won’t have to keep going into the house for stuff. Also, it’s helpful to keep necessities like bug repellents, a small first aid kit, sunglasses and sunscreen organized together and near your back door. If you find that sand or dirt frequently gets tracked in, consider placing a heavy-duty mat outside and another lighter-gauge one indoors. In addition, place a basket or shoe holder outdoors to encourage family members to remove their shoes before going inside. A broom and dustpan combo or a hand-held vacuum kept nearby will also help keep your floors cleaner. Other cool summer organizing ideas include: n Using a folding clothes rack for hanging towels poolside. n Affixing bathtub decals to the bottom of kiddie pools to make them slip-free. n Using a small kiddie/wading pool and lots of ice to keep drinks cool when hosting a large pool party. n Using a kiddie pool to bathe the dog, as a sandbox, or to wash freshly cut grass off your feet before entering the pool.

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very family is looking for ways to save money through today’s tough times. Dollar stores provide one of the best ways to save on brand name items. However, you have to know if you are really getting the best deal or are you just wasting those precious dollars? Kiplingers took a recent shopping spree at their local dollar store to see what was a good deal and what was not. l Party supplies: DEAL Everything from party invitations to decorations to balloons are worth buying at the dollar store. Foil balloons easily run $3 to $8 at party-supply stores, gift shops and supermarkets. But at the dollar store, you can get them for $1 each - helium included. l Cleaning supplies: DEAL According to the Good Housekeeping Institute, the cleaners at the dollar store work fine. The ingredients are similar to the name brand, though perhaps more diluted. While they may be good for everyday cleaning, for tougher jobs, you may have to spring for something more heavy duty. You can also get a good deal on rubber gloves, sponges, and scrub brushes too. l Vitamins: NO DEAL Consumer Reports found that dollar-store multi-vitamins didn’t always have the amount of nutrients claimed on the label. And others didn’t dissolve fast enough to be absorbed by the body. You may be better off getting vitamins from a well-known store. l Greeting cards: DEAL Greeting cards are nice, but are they really worth $4? Besides, it’s the thought or sentiment that counts, not what you spend. Dollar stores carry a big selection of quality cards for every occasion, at 50-cents each to $1.00 each. l Basic school supplies: NO DEAL Dollar stores have decent deals on many school supplies, but they are not much better than the super stores. Its best to stock up when they go on sale during back-toschool season (August-September). l Aspirin, Ibuprofin and other medications: NO DEAL Consumer Reports warns that aspirin and other medications may be left on the shelf past their expiration dates, and may not say where the medicine was manufactured. While there haven’t been any safety concerns about dollar-store meds, generic aspirin from your local pharmacy or supermarket is probably a better bet -- and may not cost too much more. l Gift wrapping supplies: DEAL You can get a 20-foot roll of gift wrap at the dollar store for a buck, while you’ll pay at least three times that at big-box and party-supply stores. Gift bags of all sizes, tissue paper and tape run up to 75% off prices elsewhere. l Toys: NO DEAL It’s tempting to buy toys for only $1. But there’s definitely a trade-off in quality. They are cheaply made and can be dangerous when they break. l Canned food and other pantry items: NO DEAL Know your prices! You may be able to get these cheaper elsewhere at a local super store or grocery store. Also, keep an eye on the expiration dates on food at the dollar store. They may be near or past their freshness date. l Batteries and electronics: NO DEAL Consumer Reports warns that dollar store electronics and extension cords may have fake UL labels and could be unsafe. It’s better to spend a little extra for quality and safety. Also, cheap batteries are less efficient and may be prone to leakage. l Cooking and dining accessories: DEAL Almost anything is a good buy in the kitchen department, with the exception of knives, which may be flimsy or dull.

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Heart Attacks When it comes to heart attacks, time is muscle. So when it matters most, trust the WellStar Cardiac Network. For many heart attack victims, chest pain or discomfort is their first sign of trouble, and these signs can be mild or subtle. Our highly trained emergency department physicians diagnose heart attacks fast and efficiently, and WellStar’s accredited Chest Pain Centers at WellStar Cobb, Douglas and Kennestone hospitals can quickly treat or transfer patients for the interventions they need. Interventions range from angioplasty and stenting to unclog any blocked artery, to electrophysiology to regulate irregular heartbeats. WellStar Cobb Hospital has an electrophysiology (EP) lab enabling physicians to assess and treat patients with rapid or uncontrolled heart rates. This includes inserting pacemakers as well as automated internal defibrillators. WellStar Douglas Hospital has recently begun performing cardiac catheterizations, enabling countless patients to stay close to home. WellStar Kennestone offers a dedicated electrophysiology and cardiac catheterization labs. WellStar Kennestone also offers an adult cardiac surgery program. These interventions are not possible without the expertise of the cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons working within WellStar’s cardiac program. The WellStar Cardiac Network includes WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine (CVM). WellStar CVM provides comprehensive cardiac service offerings, proven expertise in preventative care, cutting-edge treatment of acute and chronic cardiac conditions and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for its patients. They have offices located in Acworth, Austell, Canton, Cartersville, Douglasville, East Cobb, Hiram, Jasper, Marietta and Woodstock. Partnering together to offer enhanced services to our community, WellStar Health System, WellStar CVM and Quantum Radiology are now providing heart screenings. A Heart Screening, also known as a CT Cardiac Calcium Score, is a fast and non-invasive CT Scan used to determine the risk of Coronary Artery Disease. Using a multi-slice scan,

the heart screening can help cardiologists determine the participant’s level of risk for heart disease or future cardiac issues. The screening is recommended for those who have diabetes, family history of heart disease, history of smoking or tobacco use, high blood pressure or high cholesterol. While lying on the table, the CT Scanner will perform cross-sectional images of the heart. The images are then reviewed by a radiologist specialized in cardiac imaging. The presence of calcium is directly related to coronary atherosclerosis. A calcium score procedure cannot detect the degree or location of specific blockages in the coronary vessels; however, it can assign you a risk level of disease and a risk level for future cardiac events based on your calcium levels. The screenings are currently offered at the WellStar Imaging Centers at Cobb, Kennestone and Douglas Hospitals, WellStar Kennestone Imaging Center at East Cobb and the Paulding Physicians Center. The screening takes less than 30 minutes and requires no special preparation. The self-pay rate is $99 for individuals and $149 for couples and a physician referral is not required. The fee includes the scan and the radiologist interpretation. For more information or to schedule a heart screening, call 770-956-STAR(7827). At WellStar, the circle of care does not stop at intervention and treatment. Our cardiac program revolves around a continuum of care belief that includes treatment of the “whole person” in addition to advanced clinical treatment. The people behind this belief are the educators, physicians, nurses and clinicians treating our patients every step of the way. We offer a multi-phase rehabilitation program, with doctors and rehab professionals working together to create a rehab plan especially for each cardiac patient. Support groups are available to make sure that our patients are taken care of emotionally and mentally, not just physically. WellStar Cardiac Network includes: WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine; WellStar Cobb Hospital*; WellStar Douglas Hospital*; WellStar Kennestone Hospital *; WellStar Paulding Hospital ; WellStar Windy Hill Hospital; Cardiac Surgery; Cardiac Anesthesia; Vascular Surgery; Cardiac Rehabilitation; Cardiac Wellness; Cardiac Patient Support; Cardiovascular Imaging; WellStar Medical Group; * denotes Accredited Chest Pain Center. For more information or a physician referral, call 770-956-STAR or visit www.wellstar.org.

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oncern for wildlife, especially young animals, is simply human nature. Most people who come across a deer fawn, a young bird or a newborn rabbit that is alone will initially watch in amazement and then sometimes wonder if the animal is in need of help. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division encourages residents to resist the urge to ‘rescue’ these animals. “Despite good intentions, young wildlife taken into captivity can lose their natural instincts and ability to survive in the wild,” explains John Bowers, Wildlife Resources Division assistant chief of Game Management. “In most instances, young wildlife that appear to be helpless and alone are only temporarily separated from the adults. This natural behavior is a critical survival mechanism. Adults spend a significant amount of time away from their offspring to minimize predation.” Additionally, handling such animals and bringing them

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Rescue of ‘Orphaned’ Wildlife Not Necessary into the home poses health risks for both people and domestic pets. Despite the fact that they make look healthy, wildlife can transmit life-threatening diseases such as rabies and can carry unhealthy parasites such as roundworms, lice, fleas and ticks. Certain ticks are especially known to transmit diseases such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Southern Tick Associated Rash Illness to humans. Individuals who are not trained in wildlife rehabilitation should not attempt to care for wildlife and additionally, Georgia law prohibits the possession of most wildlife without a permit. Residents that encounter a seriously injured animal or an animal that clearly has been orphaned should first try to contact a local licensed wildlife rehabilitator. A list of rehabilitators is available at www.georgiawildlife.com (select “Find a Wildlife Rehabilitator” from the home page). People also can contact their local Wildlife Resources Division office to obtain a contact number for a licensed wildlife rehabilitator to provide proper care for the animal until it can be released into the wild.

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Residents that encounter an animal such as a bat, fox, skunk, raccoon, coyote or bobcat during the daytime that appears to show no fear of humans or dogs, or that seems to behave in a sick or abnormal manner (i.e. weaving, drooling, etc.), should avoid the animal and contact the local county health office and/or a Wildlife Resources Division office for guidance. The animal may be afflicted with rabies, distemper or another disease. Residents should not attempt to feed or handle the sick animal. Pets, livestock and humans should be kept away from the area in which the animal was observed. The two most important steps people can take to protect themselves and their pets from rabies is to 1) get pets vaccinated and 2) avoid physical contact with wildlife. As another precautionary step, adults should instruct children to NEVER bring wildlife home. For more information, visit www.georgiawildlife.com, contact a local Wildlife Resources Division Game Management office or call (770)918-6416. Contributed by Melissa Cummings, the Communications/ Outreach Specialist at the Georgia DNR, Wildlife Resources Division.

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ARK YOUR CALENDARS! We are very pleased to announce the first annual 2011 Georgia Military Softball Tournament to be held here in Paulding County on June 17th -19th at Mt. Tabor Park off East Paulding Drive. Teams from all over the south east will gather to play some exciting softball. So far, there are 40 teams coming from Alabama, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Kentucky, Texas and Louisiana!

The planned activities for this event span over three days: HOME RUN DERBY - June 17, Friday at 7:30pm The Derby is open to anyone participating in the local Paulding County Softball League. The entry fee is $10.00, and everyone entering will receive a free Tournament T-shirt. The winner will receive a bat from Worth Sports and DRASH, then will be invited back to hit against a representative from Worth Sports on Saturday during the tournament. All proceeds from the Home Run Derby benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. The WWP provides valuable programs and services for injured men and women returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan. It is the mission of the WWP to honor and empower wounded warriors by assisting them with the transition back to a successful civilian life by offering benefits counseling, family assistance, internships and more. For more information on the WWP, visit http://wounded warriorproject.org.

The Georgia State Championship and is part of the Southeastern Military Softball Conference, under the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA). Teams who participate earn points based on their finishes, which are used in national rankings. The ranking are then used to send teams from all around the world to the World Tournament held in Panama City, Florida in August. With the help of Paulding Chamber of Commerce President, Carolyn Delamont and her staff, Mount Tabor Park was secured as the event location for the first ever Georgia Military Softball C h a m p i o n s h i p .   T h i s is a big move for the Southeast Military Softball Conference, because it is the first tournament to be Paulding Chamber held outside an area near Tournament Ribbon Cutting a military base.

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prise” visit from an Atlanta Braves player to sign autographs and throw out the first pitch. Also, we’ll have local entertainment and appearances from State and Local Government leaders. There will be marching bands from the local Paulding high schools, and much more! This event is one Farris wheel short of a circus, and one you do not want to miss. CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY - June 19; Sunday at Noon As an added bonus, all games on Saturday and on Sunday will be streamed live on the website, www.gamilitarystate tournament.com. Now, anyone from any location in the world, including our service men and women overseas will be able to watch these games played in their honor! So, if you have someone in the “sandbox” let them know about the website so they can “tune in”. Also if you know a team who would like to participate, please contact Vince Krajcir, Southeastern Military Coordinator, vrkrajcir@aol.com. Sponsorship opportunities are available. To find out more about becoming a sponsor of the tournament, email Bill Slaughter at Bill@29Promotions.com.

TRADITIONAL SOUTHEASTERN MILITARY OPENING CEREMONIES June 18, Saturday 8am This is your chance to give these heroes a big Paulding County Welcome! There will be a spectacular PARACHUTE DROP by Special Operations Command, and a FLYOVER by a C-130! Presenting Sponsor Muscle Milk will have a “sur-

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ay is a special month because we get to celebrate Mother’s Day and see our children graduate from high school. As a mother it is bittersweet that my only son, Anthony, will graduate from high school this year. It has been such a joy for me to watch my little blonde-headed, blue-eyed boy, grow into a handsome and loving young man. Although he is 6’4” now, his hugs are still the best. He’s always been so thoughtful of others; his dad and I have often referred to him as “a keeper”. I am most proud of the heart he has for Jesus Christ and that he wants to pursue a career in Architecture and French. His plan is to use his Architecture degree to build churches and mission schools in France. I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me. ~Phillipians 4:13 Photo by Garrisonsphotography.com

God truly blessed me with the perfect son. I LOVE YOU ANTHONY, you have brought so much joy to my life and I’m proud to call you MY son. God’s great gift to a mother is her children, and because of my own mother – Laura Haygood - I have learned what being a mother means; that caring for and making sacrifices for your children is a privilege and not an obligation. I am very grateful that God gave me such a loving and caring mother. She has done so much for me and my family, and my gratitude is beyond measure. I love you Momma. To all the mothers, grandmothers and special caregivers in Paulding, I wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day!

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his Mother’s Day I mourn and celebrate the graduation of my baby boy, Jarred, from high school. These wonderful years have passed in a flash. Jarred, thank you for being such an amazing young man. I see how incredible you are and I certainly cannot take credit for it. God has done a great work in you. Even as a young boy, I was impressed by your engineering mind and creativity. I BELIEVE in you and know that you will achieve many great things. I am so excited about the call GOD has made on your life; I am thrilled that you hear His voice and are answering. Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, has great plans for you! For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ~ Jeremiah 29:11

Thank you for being a devoted son, responsible and endearing. Thank you for making me laugh. Photo by David Jones jfxdigital.com Few have the privilege of knowing the different sides of you - the quiet, intelligent young man, and the fun-loving, outrageous nut that is unbelievably entertaining. Also, thank you for being my own personal I.T. guy and for blessing me with numerous football and soccer seasons. You are truly gifted! I am so completely proud of you and LOVE you infinitely! Motherhood is a God-given gift. I am so thankful that I have had the privilege of being one. I am also grateful for my own precious mother, Ann, and the example she has been over the years. She is so loving and generous. Mom, Happy Mother’s Day. I love you greatly! Wishing all Mother’s (and those that feel like one!) a very special Mother’s Day! ~ Jules

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Understanding Pet Behavior By Melissa Langley

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e treat our pets as family members. They have such a huge impact on our lives that it is almost impossible to imagine life without them. Some non-pet owners might not understand this. Most of them think that pets only bring additional work to their busy lives. While it is true that pet care requires effort, it should not be that hard – especially if we understand how our pets behave.

There are quite a number of animal behaviors that are misinterpreted by pet owners according to veterinary professionals. Even veteran pet owners who have been immersed with animals for so long are not exempted to this fact. Some of the most misread animal behaviors are too much barking, digging, and urinating of dogs, as well as lurking around the fish bowls or bird cages, missing the litter box, and the scratching of claws in furniture by cats. Actually, all of these actions are pretty normal. These behaviors are part of the natural adapted instincts of animals. Certain animals have been conditioned according to specific purposes which affected their abilities, reactions, temperaments, and learning styles. For example, if you have sporting dogs, expect them to have lots of energy because they come from dog hunters which were trained to hunt for long periods of time; but if you have herding dogs, expect that they are able to lead groups of children or pets.

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Understanding pet breeds is indeed vital in understanding how our pet behaves. So in order for us to avoid problems, veterinarians highly suggests that we provide venues where our pets can express their natural instincts. If your purring cat always scratches, give it something to file their nails on. Cats usually do this as a form of exercising their claws and tendons, as well as to mark their territory. If your playful dog digs a lot, give him his own sandbox. Dogs usually dig because lying in holes is a way of cooling themselves.

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Pets also tend to behave differently when faced in emergency situations. Animals show different signs of trauma. Some are hysterical when taken to the animal hospital, while some are overly quiet and stiff. Some situations that cause these reactions for dogs are storms. Thunder can cause them leave home, destroy things, and soil their dens out of panic. Some owners usually do some special preparations when they know that disasters of this kind might hit. Part of this special preparation might include checking pets in a pet boarding place. Pet boarding places are run by animal professionals so we can rest assured that these animals are in safe hands. Some animal hospitals also offer pet boarding services.

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t is important to give our kids healthy and delicious meals and snacks on a daily basis and getting kids to eat vegetables can be a real task. Because children’s palates are more sensitive than adults, forcing them to eat vegetables can be the worse thing to do. There are tricks and tips, but it’s more important to keep it simple, make them look pleasing and find recipes they can participate in and enjoy.

Spaghetti with Confetti Veggies

 Kids love spaghetti and probably will not realize this dish is full of veggies. Here is a recipe for spaghetti that will help you maximize the vegetables.

1 lb ground beef or Italian sausage Olive Oil 1 pepper, chopped 1 medium onion, chopped 5 cloves of garlic, minced 1 can Italian diced tomatoes Herbs to taste (such as oregano, basil, Italian seasoning, chili powder, sage, etc.) 1 cup of grated carrots 1 cup of chopped broccoli florets 2 large cans of tomato sauce. Brown ground beef or Italian sausage in separate pan. Drain. In another large pan, warm olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped onion, peppers, grated carrot, broccoli and garlic. Saute in olive oil until crisp tender. Add in can of diced tomatoes and simmer for 5 minutes together. Pour in tomato sauce and then add herbs to taste. Simmer for about 1 hour and serve over pasta of choice.

Veggie Casserole (Serves 6) This is the perfect dish to make when all you have on hand are a few bags of frozen vegetables or a refrigerator full of cooked ones and want to create something fast and delicious that your kids will love. You can also use peas, cauliflower, or any other combinations you love. 1 Tbsp Butter or Olive Oil 1 Small Onion, chopped or 1 tsp Onion Powder 1 Cup Milk 2 Eggs, whisked 2 Cups Broccoli, cooked (can use frozen) 1 Cup Corn, cooked (can use frozen) 2 Cups Brown Rice, cooked 1 Cup Cheddar Cheese, grated Preheat oven the 350 degrees. Heat the butter in a sauté pan over medium heat and cook the onions for 3-5 minutes or until soft. In a bowl, whisk the eggs and milk until combined. Add the onion, broccoli, corn, rice and cheese and stir to combine. Grease a casserole dish and pour the mixture in a 9 x 9 inch pan. Bake for 30-40 minutes, depending on the size of your casserole dish.

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(Serves 4) This carrot salad is the easy way to make sure carrots are chewed really well. All it takes is a grater to turn beta carotene packed carrots into a light, sweet salad that takes only minutes to prepare and goes down nice and easy! 4 Carrots, grated (about 2 cups) Juice of 1/2 a Lemon 1 Tbsp Mayonnaise 1/2 Cup Raisins 1/2 Tsp Kosher Salt

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